After winning 3 out of the first four coming back from the All Star break the Mets have now dropped 2 out of the last 3 heading into a weekend series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Teams like the Padres and Dodgers are teams that the Mets need to play better against. While you can’t expect sweeps of teams like these (you expect the sweeps against losing teams) you would like them to win more than they lose against them. These are possible playoff opponents and you’d like to see the Mets display some superiority over them. If you can’t learn them now you will not master them come October.